A $20.75 million settlement was reached in the federal suit in November.
The federal False Claims Act allows citizens to sue on behalf of the government over allegations of fraud and other misuses of federal money. If the suit is successful or ends in a settlement, the citizen gets a percentage of the proceeds and the government gets the rest.
That is how the process worked in the case of a former Erie cardiologist who sued his former colleagues and UPMC Hamot over kickback claims.
The cardiologist will receive $6 million as part of the $20.75 million settlement that Hamot reached to end the cardiologist’s federal whistleblower case.Read more here.